My younger two stay home with me on the weekends and I often leave them to play together. On a typical weekend they spend a lot of time in front of the TV or playing Wii. Without using screens this weekend they didn't once whine or complain and found so much to do. They watched me decorate a cake, helped pack our luggage, and picked out clothes for the family portraits we had done yesterday. They also played with Lego's and a bunch of Evan's new birthday toys. They got along so well and I didn't have to break up a single squabble! They ran experiments to see which Zhu Zhu pet was the fastest, which balloon would fall from the balcony first and why (though they had no idea it was an experiment, they thought it was just a fun game). They read and learned all about Evan's new Pokemon cards. They took photographs with Evan's new camera and learned how to turn the flash on, center the subject matter so as not to chop off anyone's head, and what to do when the camera memory is full.
Alec is learning to play soccer and he had a game last night. It was an exciting game, made more so by the fact that they won! They are all learning to work together as a team and actually passed the ball to one another a few times. The referee we had for last night's game was wonderful and would instruct the kids on how to do throw in's or penalty kicks and gave all the kids advice on how to play even better. On the way home Alec complained that at team practices they never practice kicking goals while running and having people running at you. He told us that it's totally different in a game. So we told him that's something we should practice then, either at home or suggest it to his coach for one of their practices. They do scrimmage at practices but he's right that we often have them line up and practice kicking and kicking the ball while stationary isn't the same as kicking it while running.
While riding in the car the boys asked if we were going to be doing anything for school while we were on vacation. While my husband was quick to say no, I said of course. They all looked at me like I was crazy so I explained that while I wasn't bringing a single book or workbook on vacation we would still be learning. I believe that if you pay attention and think about it everyone learns something new every day. I reminded them that we hadn't had anything they considered schooling in three days yet we played math and spelling games, worked with Lego's, and learned a bunch of other assorted skills. I told them that we'll learn and see new things at the airport. We'll learn a little more about medieval times when we go to our Medieval Times dinner show and that will tie in with our history lessons. We'll learn about sea animals when we're at Sea World. We'll learn how Lego's are made at the Lego factory. They'll get park maps we'll have to follow and learn to read. They'll work on swimming and experience first hand the physics behind roller coasters and amusement park rides. Ian piped in that we'll probably see some other licence plates while we're down there too. We talked about reading signs, menus and all the print around us in our everyday lives. So yes, even on vacation we learn. Everyday, all day long we, as human beings, learn.